Jump Shonen just saw the launch of a new comic series, KagurabachiThe first impression reminds me Jujutsu Kaisen And Demon slayer. While it commits no egregious sins, urban fantasies with a Japanese aesthetic are more popular than ever. With that in mind, author Takeru Hokazono will need an ace up his sleeve to prove this manga is worth following.
Kagurabachi, which debuted earlier this September, had an eye-catching opening as its villain, Chihiro, slashed a bloody streak through a mafia outfit. While first impressions are everything, there’s still the question of what new quirks the manga brings later. As things stand, it’s in the shadow of other much more popular series that use similar tools for its plot devices.
Kagurabachi’s risk-taking has become cliché
The first chapter of Shonen Jump’s new manga has a lot of epic visuals, but the story premise seems a bit boring. Set in a modern world where modern T-shirts exist alongside 1920s-style steamships, the plot quickly reveals that Chihiro, the son of the best swordsman in the land, is armed with his father’s last and most magical sword. , plans to destroy the Hishaku, a group of evil witches. His cold-blooded massacre of Korogumi thugs – a mafia group operating under Hishaku’s rule – gave Chihiro a first impression far different from that of the main characters. other lucky and lovely. But questions remain about the power of the context itself.
Simply put, the urban fantasy setting seems strange. Anime fans are all too familiar with magic users in a city and fanatics may soon be watching Jujutsu Kaisen, MAPPA’s stunning anime. Chihiro’s magical blades are also not groundbreaking. While their detailed surfaces and magical abilities are pleasing to the eye, they still fall among countless other highly advertised katanas, even if one disregards the Demon Slayer and its many Nichiren blades . While it’s foolish to write off Kagurabachi after one chapter, if its main focus is on magical swordsmen in a pseudo-realistic setting, then educated manga readers will find it a bit cliché at this point .
Kagurabachi has the potential to be a good addition to Shonen Jump
However, the story has its merits. The first chapter knows how to pace itself: although it begins with a lengthy family scene with Chihiro and his father, it cuts to his adult years. The story never believes in what is obvious to the reader: Chihiro’s father always becomes the source of a revenge story. The current brutal combat and crime thriller perspective also brings a different mood compared to contemporaries. When Kagurabachi skip the next chapter, Takeru Hokazono will need to show what his new world has to offer other than swords and magic, old anime stuff.